Dover, DE - A total of 16 Team Chevy drivers will take the green flag in Sunday's Autism Speaks 400 at Dover International Speedway. Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 42 Target Impala SS, will start third (3rd) in the 43-car field. Jimmie Johnson, No. 48...
Dover, DE - A total of 16 Team Chevy drivers will take the green flag in Sunday's Autism Speaks 400 at Dover International Speedway.
Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 42 Target Impala SS, will start third (3rd) in the 43-car field. Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe's Impala SS, will roll off eighth (8) in the order. Jeff Gordon, No. 24 DuPont Impala SS, crashed during his qualifying effort and will start 42nd in a backup car.
The 400-lap/400-mile race is scheduled to start at 2:00 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by FOX TV, MRN Radio and Sirius Satelitte Radio.
RYAN NEWMAN, NO. 39 U.S. ARMY IMPALA SS, QUALIFIED 11TH: "We were looking for a better effort than that. I got a little loose in (turns) one and two. The car kind of washed up after that. The U. S. Army/Haas Automation Chevy is much better than what we showed in qualifying. Dover is my favorite track and I look forward to Sunday."
JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DUPONT IMPALA SS, CRASHED DURING QUALIFYING EFFORT:
THAT WAS AN AWFULLY HARD HIT OUT THERE, WHAT EXACTLY HAPPENED? "Oh man, I just hate it for these DuPont Chevrolet guys. It's going to make for a long weekend here in Dover but we've got the team and the car to be able to get off the truck and come back and still be very competitive. Hopefully we'll win this race on Sunday. Qualifying is important to us. We've been working really hard. I had a great car through practice. Right there the car felt great coming of of (turn) four to the green. I got down into (turn) one and when I got back in the gas it felt pretty good but it started to get lose a little bit there off of (turn) two. I tried to correct it and it just shot it straight in the wall. It was a hard hit, destroyed the car. I'm glad I'm alright. We'll get the back up out here and go from there."
WE WERE HOPING YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT THE CAR AND NOT YOURSELF, ARE YOU ALRIGHT? "It hurt the car. Obviously its destroyed. It's so hard to save one when its jumps on you like that in qualifying. You're so committed. I just hate it for these guys. We've been so good all day today. The car through (turns) three and four incredibly good coming to the green. So that's my tell, tell sign of what kind of grip and what kind of balance we had and I got into turn (one) and the car felt good and got back into the gas and the back end just came around on me just a tiny bit. I tried to correct it and obviously you can see what happened. It just shot straight into the fence. That was a hard hit."
JUAN PABLO MONTOYA, NO. 42 TARGET IMPALA SS, QUALIFIED 3RD:
TELL US ABOUT YOUR RUN. "I tell you this Target Chevy has been pretty good. It's hard to describe. These boys have been working so hard and we really want to get into that Chase. It is nice to see every week. This Chevy motor runs great every week and everybody in our organization has done an amazing job. It's nice to see."
DOES IT CHANGE THE WAY YOU ATTACK THESE RACES KNOWING THAT YOU'VE GOT TO BE THERE AT THE END TO GET THESE POINTS? "Yeah, you've got to be there at the end but you've got to be up front. You've got to run good every week. It's pretty cool."
THAT WAS A FAST LAP THERE. "I tell you this Target Chevy has been amazing. We unloaded good. In practice we were not as fast as we wanted to be but I had a couple of moments running through (turn) three. It's nice. It's a very different race than anybody else's from what I've seen but it seems to work for me so I'm pretty happy."
IS THIS LIKE FOR YOU THEY ALWAYS SAY THIS IS BRISTOL ON STEROIDS, HOW SIMILAR WHEN YOU WERE TRYING TO LEARN? "Very different you know. What is nice about this from my background with cars with a lot of grip, this is probably the most grip we have with this car any where we go so its a lot of fun to drive."
KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 SHELL-PENNZOIL IMPALA SS, QUALIFIED 35TH:
"The Shell-Pennzoil Chevy was a little too tight in the middle of the corners. It felt pretty good coming off, but I had to wait on it to turn in the middle. We'll work on our race trim tomorrow and try to get it dialed in for Sunday."
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